Foreign News: Jackets, Straight & Glossy

Last week Moscow's Literary Gazette scrutinized Pocket Books, Inc.'s 25¢ U.S. edition of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, declared it "a monstrous crime against world culture." To catch the newsstand trade, the American edition wore on the cover a colored photograph of Cinemactress Vivien Leigh (Anna)* and moony, mustached Cinemactor Kieron Moore (Vronsky), separated by a nose tip from a Hollywood embrace. To Communist eyes this appeared "as bright and shiny as a toilet soap advertisement." In cutting the bulky novel by approximately two-thirds, gritted the Literary Gazette, the "American barbarians" had reduced Tolstoy's...

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